Cambridge University researchers have revealed how the profile information Facebook releases to search engines could be exploited by spammers or even governments.
Public listings allow search engines to crawl a limited version of your Facebook profile, displaying your name, photo, and eight people you’re friends with. A limited selection of fan listings and affiliations are also displayed.
In a paper entitled Eight Friends Are Enough the team from Cambridge’s Computer Security Group, reveal how they developed a programme capable of sifting through thousands of these public profiles.
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This information was then used to map out a person’s network of friends. The paper’s authors claim this is valuable information that could be easily exploited by spammers and governments.